Brynjulf Ystgaard

Helpful votes received on reviews: 67% (46 of 69)
Location: Trondheim, Norway


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,135,542 - Total Helpful Votes: 46 of 69
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Previously, I just had a glance at Gladwell's essays in New Yorker, so the reason I bought this book was the rave write-ups in US and UK press. And the book didn't let me down. From an amateur point of view, this book seems to be very well researched. A captivating read, it just pulled you through. To me, also a number of new ideas and new ways to look at the world. Ideas on how things are, and how this came about. Apart from the intellectual satisfaction to be had from this excellent piece of work, the emotional impact of the story of Marita hit a soft spot, putting into perspective the sheltered life we lead in Scandinavia. The author's narrative of his family background from Jamaica also… Read more
Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prost&hellip by Steven D. Levitt
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another sequel, 7 Oct 2010
Bought this on the strength of Freakonomics, which I found to be both entertaining and educational. Superfreakonomics was using the same approach, but the authors seemed to be running out of ideas. Also, they discussed matters closer to my area of expertise (medicine), and those chapters left me thoroughly unimpressed. Which made me wonder whether this would be the case what the other subject matters, had I had better knowledge of these. Not to be recommended, there are alternatives far more educational and entertaining, as for instance Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational.
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive by Jared Diamond
45 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not at his best, 19 Feb 2006
I have thoroughly enjoyed Diamond's previous works, and was looking forward to reading this one. Interesting piece of work, but not of the same quality as some of his previous worhs. Even so, concepts and ideas here are still of interest, so anybody interested in ecology and plotics would find this work useful.